The idea of presenting gifts to friends and loved-ones is as old as time itself. We want to show the people in our lives that we care for them and that we appreciate all of the things they do for us each day. Often times - we make the mistake of waiting for those major holidays to express our feelings, but, these are often the times when our feelings may get lost in all of the hustle and bustle of a large holiday.
If you want your friends and family to truly 'hear' what you are saying - to truly understand that your feelings are real and sincere - then you should give gifts when you choose - in those times when you just want to say thanks, or I appreciate you or I love you. I'm not sure who came up with the idea of holidays for expressing love or giving gifts, but, it would be a real shame if we limited ourselves to expressing these feelings to once a year.
A tradition that I have involves giving gift baskets. The wonderful thing about gift baskets is - you can customize the contents to say anything that you want. For example: you can put together a 'thank-you' basket filled with decorative and scented candles, a spa kit with body lotions, sea salts, and shower gels and a special figurine or token of your appreciation.
Or, an 'I love you' basket with a stuffed animal bearing a cupid heart, a glass rose, jewelry, scented candles and other tokens of affection that show your loved one that you truly treasure their love.
Another idea is to recognize the dates that are significant in someones life - such as graduations, anniversaries, or landing a great job - a basket filled with sports themed mugs and T-shirts, a decorative photo frame with a photo from the event, travel kit with a razor or a beauty kit with scented soaps and oils can truly express your happiness for them on their special day.
At CraftyTrends.com you can find any of the above contents along with beautiful wicker baskets that you can customize for your unique gift giving need. Most baskets are sold in a set - with multiple baskets. They will often be different sizes and this makes customizing those unique messages even easier.
You could use the small basket for a 'welcome to the neighborhood' gift, and the medium for a 'get well soon' basket and the large - you could fill with delights for that very special person in your life just to remind them how much you care for them. There are also baby gift baskets of course that celebrate the blessed event - these baskets come in blue or pink for boy or girl and have toys, rattles, brush, snack cups, bottles and lots of other baby friendly goodies.
A basket really is a great gift to receive - not only do they look beautiful when decorated and filled with goodies, but, when the goodies are all gone - the basket can be used to hold other more ordinary items. Some great ideas for baskets are for flower arrangements, table centerpieces, Entry-way table dressers, mantle place center pieces, placed on a dresser with commonly used items, placed on a bathroom vanity to hold toiletries, placed on shelves to act as organizers for many small items, by the back door to hold fresh fruit or other common items, in the sewing room to hold spools of thread or yarn, in the laundry room to hold common items - you're only limited by your imagination.
Baskets look great and can turn a mess into a masterpiece in no time at all. Remember this when your thinking of that special person in your life - it truly is a gift that keeps on giving - season after season - year after year. Each time they look at the basket they will remember the wonderful gifts and the person and thoughts behind the gift.